Butter oils when heated

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Silver

Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi teachers.

My student wrote in his essay telling how to cook steak, one sentence is "Butter oils when heated". I wonder if oil could be used like this, I know it's a verb sometimes.

I wonder if the bold is natural.
 
  • Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    I wonder if oil could be used like this, I know it's a verb sometimes.
    To oil something is to put oil on something, or to grease something.

    I suppose you meant butter liquifies and looks like oil when it melts, but you can't describe that by saying it "oils when heated".
     
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    You little ripper!

    Senior Member
    Australian English
    But it doesn't. Not until the water content has evaporated. ;)
    I didn’t say it work exactly the same as an oil, Andy. I said it works ‘like’ an oil; you can fry with it the same way you can oil. Whether the statement is correct or not isn’t the point, anyway; I was interpreting what I thought Silver’s student may have been trying to say.

    Please don’t use these ( ;)) when you quote me., Andy. I find them extremely patronising.

    Edited to change emoticon.
     
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